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Catch-As Catch-Can (1931)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  22 August 1931 (USA)
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Zasu falls for a wrestler, drags Thelma to his next fight.



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Cast overview:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Strangler Sullivan (as Guinn Williams)
Reed Howes ...
Harry (Strangler's manager)


Roommates Thelma and Zazu are phone operators at the Empire Hotel. Thelma is frank and brassy; Zazu, who misses the cows of Joplin, is laconic and droll. Thelma's boyfriend Harry manages the Strangler, a wrestler homesick for Kansas. Even though there's a big match that night, with all of Harry's money riding on it, the Strangler wants to leave for home now. When he stops at the operators' station to call home, he chats with Zazu. They click and Harry realizes that Thelma's pal might be the key to keeping the Strangler in town for the bout. And the wrestling match? Should Zazu throw her hat in the ring? Written by <>

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Short | Comedy






Release Date:

22 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the Film Classics re-release plaque title card, Zasu Pitts' name is misspelled Zazu. See more »


Zasu: And you wanted Lawrence do you? Lawrence Kansas? Just a minute.
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Followed by Sealskins (1932) See more »

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Fair Pitts-Todd Short
19 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Catch as Catch Can (1931)

** (out of 4)

Flat comedy from Hal Roach has a wrestler growing homesick before a big fight so his manager fixes him up with Zasu Pitts who grew up on the farm as well. That night Zasu drags Thelma Todd to the fight where more than just one match breaks out. This Pitts-Todd comedy isn't as bad as some of them and it's not as good as some of them. Pretty straight comment but this short really doesn't do much to try and stand out and at times I kept wondering if the screenwriters had forgotten to throw any comedy in. The first half of the film takes place at the hotel where nothing funny happens unless the writers thought having the wrestler rip up his trunk would be funny. The girls play switchboard operators but nothing is every done with it. The second half of the film contains a few laughs once the girls get to the wrestling match including one funny scene where they're walking down a row of chairs trying to get to their seats when they come across a very large man who they can't pass. Another funny bit happens when Pitts gets a note that her new friends wants her to wear a hat if she loves him but the man behind her keeps taking it off because he can't see around it.

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